Peru Consecrated to the Sacred Heart

October 27, 2016
Source: District of the USA

As the Feast of Christ the King approaches, we are given a testimony of faith in the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus over all nations. 

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who became President of Peru on July 28 of this year, consecrated the country to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the National Prayer Breakfast in Lima on October 21, the nation’s President made the following act of consecration:

By the authority vested in me, I make an act of consecration of myself, my family and the Republic of Peru, to the love and protection of Almighty God through the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” the president said.

Participating in the event were high-ranking business and political leaders of Peru, including the President of the Congress, Luz Salgado, who also requested the protection of God in his speech.

I put in your loving hands my government with all its workers and citizens who are under my responsibility.... I ask God, through the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to listen to and to accept my act of consecration, and to protect our country with a special protection."

This is the first time that a President has attended this event. Aldo Bertello Costa, organizer of the 21st Prayer Breakfast, said that the purpose of the event is to pray for the leader and to bring to all Peruvians a message of optimism and reconciliation.

Kucynski asked God’s forgiveness “for all the transgressions I may have committed in the past, all those committed by the Republic in the past, and for all those decisions that may have been made contrary to His Commandments, and I ask for His help in changing everything that separates us from Him.”

Kuczynski was born in 1938 in Lima, Peru, the son of Madeleine Godard, a Swiss-French, and Maxime Hans Kuczynski, a German Jewish immigrant of Polish descent. His parents, who were Jewish on his father's side and Christian on his mother's, fled Germany in 1933 to escape Nazism.

Kuczynski is a devout Catholic. He studied in Oxford, England and received a Master’s degree at Princeton University in United States. He worked as a banker and went into exile in the United States due to political persecution in 1969. He was invited to Peru in 1980 to become Minister of Energy and Mines under the presidency of Fernando Belaude Terry. He resigned in 1982 and lived in the United States. Later, in 2000, he joined the presidential campaign of Alejandro Toledo Manrique, served as Minister of Economy and Finance, and was then appointed Prime Minister until 2006. He ran for President of Peru in 2011 but did not win. However, he went on to build his own political party, Peruanos Por el Kambio, and won the 2016 elections.

It is important to note that the first church honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the New World was built in 1742 and solemnly consecrated in 1766 in the center of Lima, Peru. In 1919, thanks to the Peruvian Apostle of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey Murga SS.CC. (1875-1961), more than one million families had enthroned the Sacred Heart in their home, as recommended by St. Pius X. Eventually, in 1954, Peru was solemnly consecrated to the Sacred Heart by former President Manuel A. Odría at the close of a fervent Eucharistic Congress.